Douglas, Gawin (14741522)

Douglas, Gawin or Gavin, a Scottish poet and bishop of Dunkeld, third son of Archibald, Earl of Angus, surnamed “Bell-the-Cat”; political troubles obliged him to leave the country and take refuge at the Court of Henry VII., where he was held in high regard; died here of the plague, and was buried by his own wish in the Savoy; besides Ovid's “Art of Love,” now lost, he translated (1512-1513) the “Æneid” of Virgil into English verse, to each book of which he prefixed a prologue, in certain of which there are descriptions that evince a poet's love of nature combined with his love as a Scotchman for the scenery of his native land; besides this translation, which is his chief work, he indited two allegorical poems, entitled the “Palace of Honour,” addressed to James IV., and “King Hart” (14741522).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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